Mean looking card with a mild demeanor.
For testing the ASUS HD 6970 Direct CUII, I have used the regular Tbreak testbed, consisting of an Intel Core i7-2600K, Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2200MHz memory, Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard, WD VelociRaptor 300GB HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate running on it; all of which is powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. For comparisons I have added the regular AMD HD 6970, the MSI R6970 Lightning and the Zotac GTX 570. Except for 3DMark, all other benchmarks are run at a resolution of 1920×1200.
Obviously the 50MHz extra clock speeds on the MSI R6970 Lightning help it push ahead of the EAH6970DCII, but the latter is still up there in most of the benchmarks.